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Siege of Paris IV (HCW)
2017-06-04 02.00.31

Conflict:

Human-Covenant War

Date:

March 16th, 2549 - June 3rd, 2549

Location:

Paris IV

Belligerents

UNSC Armed Forces

Covenant Empire

Commanders
Strength
  • 14th Fleet: 38 combat vessels and 4 combat stations
  • SPARTAN-II Teal Team
  • SPARTAN-III Feudal Team
  • UNSC Army: Approximately 28,000 men
  • UNSC Marines: Approximately 16,000 men
  • Colonial Militia: Approximately 16,000 men
  • Second Fleet of Righteous Cleansing: 25 combat vessels
  • Covenant Army: Approximately 60,000 Soldiers and 1000+ Vehicles
 

The Battle of Paris IV more commonly known as the Siege of Paris IV was a major engagement during the Human-Covenant War, occurring on the planet Paris IV in March 2549. The largest campaign at that point in the war, the Siege begun on March 16th with the appearance of a moderate fleet of Covenant warships. The combined arms of warships, aircraft and ground forces of the UNSC mounted a valiant attempt to repel the Covenant invasion force, and succeeded in beating back the Covenant forces back multiple times, although ultimately Paris IV was defeated and glassed with heavy loss of life. Also notable was the large presence of SPARTAN assets in the battle, surpassing any previous engagement in terms of number of simultaneously fielded supersoldiers.


Prologue

Paris IV was a significant UEG colony because of a number of reasons, chief of them being because it was one of the planets with a population well exceeding two hundred million colonists. This made the colony a major centre for not just military production and software developments, but also for art, culture and propaganda. The colony was instrumental for maintaining the lack of unrest in its local region of space purely by distracting the civilian populace from the worsening war. To the UNSC specifically, Paris IV's significance came from the fact that it was the largest military recruitment world in its sector, aided by planet's dense jungles and woodlands which could be turned into easily-maintained training grounds. This helped to replenish the horrific casualties the UNSC sustained in the conflict, becoming more and more important as other recruiting worlds such as Chi Rho fell to the Covenant's onslaught.

Despite the colony's importance, the planet would remain badly-fortified until 2543, when the death of the legendary Vice Admiral Preston Cole had allowed the Covenant to suddenly swarm into the Inner Colonies. Advised by analysts with the Office of Naval Intelligence, the UNSC admiralty would seek to establish a massive defensive line to not only halt the Covenant's advance, but also become a base in which they can launch attacks deep behind enemy lines. Dubbed the Parisian Front, they would crown Paris IV as the administrative centre for this endeavour due to the fact it had already serves as the capital of its entire sector, and has a number of significant military buildings already stationed there. The planet would rapidly build up its fortifications, with plans being drawn up on how to hold off the Covenant should they arrive. In 2545, after simulations predicted that the line would come under attack with the next four years, the UNSC diverted more resources from planets away from the frontlines towards Paris IV to accelerate its development. New measures were also implemented, with all citizens aged eighteen to fifty-five required to serve in the military for an undisclosed period of time, and drills simulating a Covenant attack were scheduled to prepare the civilians and armies for an attack.

The line would still be undergoing establishment when in late 2547, the first colony in the Front, Skopje, was discovered and ultimately defeated by the Covenant. The other fortress worlds would beef up their defences in response, with updated simulations constantly testing their effectiveness of the failsafes. The planet would be overcome with a sense of anticipation, knowing that the Covenant could attack any day from now.

The Battle

Orbital Engagement

At 21:31 on , one of the Paris System's remote scanning outposts detected a series of slipspace anomalies with a mass ranging between that of a battlecruiser and frigate tonnage. Within the hour, the prowler ONI Vae Victis confirmed the objects were three Covenant warships, and observed them destroying a mining platform before itself being destroyed.

Defence of PATTON Base

Operation: SCREAMING EAGLE

Aftermath

Participants

Ships

UNSC

Covenant

Units

UNSC

UNSC Marine Corps

UNSC Army

  • 206th Infantry Division
    • 18th Ranger Battalion

Naval Special Weapons

Covenant

Personnel

UNSC

Covenant

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